Carol Murphy

(b. 1957. Donald, VIC, Australia)

Well known for her figurative sculptural practice and textured vessels, Carol Murphy has consistently produced regular solo shows for the Gallery since the early 90s. She first exhibited with Access Contemporary Art Gallery in 1994, MAY SPACE’s former incarnation, with a solo show titled Lost Objects. Murphy's qualifications indicate her varied technical skills and interests. She studied sculpture and painting at Ballarat College of Arts in Victoria (1975-76), sculpture and photography at Alexander Mackie College of Advanced Education in Sydney (1977), drawing, screen-printing, pattern making and ceramics at East Sydney Technical College (1980 - 87) and received a Ceramics Diploma from East Sydney Technical College (1992).  

For the first decade of her exhibiting career, Murphy was heavily involved with artist run initiatives, including EMR in Sydney, which has been voted the most important artist run gallery of all time, as discussed in Andrew Frost's the art life*. In 1995, Murphy was awarded a three-month residency at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris, and in 2000 was acquired by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin. Murphy is also in the collections of Campbelltown Bicentennial Art Gallery in NSW, Manly Art Gallery & Museum in NSW, Queensland University of Technology Art Collection, Artbank, the ELLIOTT EYES COLLECTION and Baker & McKenzie Solicitors in Sydney. In 2015, Murphy was selected to be a part of TURN, TURN, TURN curated by Glenn Barkley of The Curators' Department, and in 2017 was a part of a retrospective exhibition at the Federation University Australia, in Ballarat.

Murphy's thick-limbed sculptures often display paradoxical ideas of lack and fulfilment, as well as innocence and suggestiveness. She has two aesthetically distinct sides to her practice, either producing exhibitions featuring pensive forms with restricted hues, or playful figures full of colour. Her 2018 body of work incorporates both two and three dimensional pieces, placing her sculptures beside paintings, drawings, collage and digital manipulation.